Monitoring WASH progress: the difficulties WASHwatch tries to address
Governments and donors around the world regularly make commitments to improve access to WASH. Pledges are made at national levels through strategies, at regional levels through declarations such as SACOSAN and AfricaSan, and at global level through, for example, the Sanitation and Water for All High-Level Meetings, Human Rights Declarations, and the Global Goals.
Monitoring these commitments is usually difficult, because:
● Data collection is fragmented, and accessing the right information to determine progress is challenging.
● Collaboration is lacking between the different mechanisms, and commitments are not systematically developed following “SMART” processes
● Monitoring processes are rarely inclusive and collaborative.
● Feedback mechanisms to encourage iterative reforms are lacking.
The resulting lack of accountability means the WASH sector does not make as much progress as it could.
What WASHwatch does & What it does for you
To improve the accountability of the WASH sector, we need to work together to keep watch on WASH.
|Gathering up-to-date and reliable data and information in one public and easily accessible place.||Providing a space where WASH stakeholders can share their analysis of the sector.||Providing a space where all sector stakeholders can share evidence on progress or underperformance towards commitments.|
|With the latest on governments’ progress toward agreed targets, you can plan and implement campaigns and policies that make a difference.||With your in-country knowledge, you can help improve the development of SMART commitments and indicators.||
Equipped with this collated evidence, you will be able to identify progress made and hold governments to account.
With all your knowledge gathered on WASHwatch, you will be ready to influence, plan and implement better national WASH.
So what information should you share on WASHwatch?
Different types of information will help trigger sector performances.
- We need more data: Share with WASHwatch data that can give a better understanding of the WASH sector such as aid flows, government spending, access to WASH in schools, etc.
- Raw data do not explain everything. Share with WASHwatch your analysis of the sector such as assessment of current behaviours, analysis of what needs to change to deliver better WASH services.
- Share with WASHwatch any comment you might have, or have access to, related to progress made
- Share with WASHwatch any official document related the implementation of WASH commitments such as a strategy, a Joint Sector Reviews, a statement of commitment…
Do you want to share data, official documents, your analysis or your story with WASHwatch, but are you are still unsure what is useful evidence? Visit our evidence guide.
The WASHwatch functionalities
WASHwatch gathers in one place the key information on institutional framework, commitments, buggets, monitoring and coordinating mechanisms in the Water, sanitation and Hygiene sector. All the data on WASHwatch come from recognised and reliable sources (e.g. WHO, OECD, JMP GLAAS). All statistics are updated every six months, therefore presenting the most up-to-date information. All information related to commitments (including indicators and progress) comes from and is validated by governments and donors.
The platform also offers the possibility to compare your country’s performance with that of others.
It is easy to Extract and reuse WASHwatch information. You can download the entire set of statistics in one single excel spreadsheet, to conduct your own analysis (→ Download the set of data). You can also embed most of the WASHwatch website into your own. → Visit the Share website to see an example.
WASHwatch is the only place where all stakeholders can get their voice heard on WASH monitoring. Most information available on WASHwatch comes from users who have shared their analysis, stories, data and official documents they thought were giving a better understanding of the sector. If you too want to share your in-country knowledg, just send us an email at email@example.com
Future functionalities we plan to develop:
- Showcase district-level data. We are currently working with country partners in Ghana to develop a way to import and present district data. We will roll this function out across countries as data become available.
- The possibility to tailor your own report using WASHwatch content of your choice.